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Magyar Telekom starts testing 4G services

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Magyar Telekom has started network tests of its new fourth generation Long Term Evolution (4G/LTE) network and will introduce its superfast mobile internet service to clients from January, chairman-CEO Christopher Mattheisen said at a press conference in Budapest on Friday.

Tests have started at 80 base stations with the participation of several hundred clients, both retail and corporate, Mattheisen said.

Magyar Telekom announced in May that it was building a superfast mobile internet network. The company did not reveal the cost of the investment, but said it would spend about an annual HUF 30bn on similar investments in the coming years.

The company's partners in the project are Cisco and Ericsson. 

Last year, Magyar Telekom spent more than HUF 90bn on investments. This year, it expects to spend 5% less.

The company aims to expand coverage of 21 Mbps mobile internet service to almost 100% of the country by 2013.

The 4G/LTE service will use the 1,800 MHz technology, but expanding coverage may require use of the 900 MHz frequency, for which a tender was called in August. 


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